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How Manchester United's women's team went from disbandment to the brink of FA Cup glory

On Sunday, Manchester United's women's team will grace the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium for the first time. The men's team has had the privilege to do so on countless occasions, tasting some of its sweetest successes and most devastating defeats on the prestigious pitch. But this weekend it will finally be the chance for their female counterparts to experience one of the biggest moments in English football: an FA Cup final.

It's long overdue for a club of its size. After 13 years without one, United only re-established a women's team back in 2018. Since then, steps have steadily been taken to reach this point, via promotion from the second-tier and the consistent chipping away at the big three: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The former will be United's opponents on Sunday, the Blues pursuing a third successive FA Cup triumph. Emma Hayes' side will be the favourites - after all, they've seen and done it all before. But it is the Red Devils who sit top of the Women's Super League at this moment, a sign of the huge progress made after three fourth-placed finishes in a row.

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That will almost certainly not be repeated this season. Marc Skinner's side are on the brink of securing Women's Champions League football for the first time, which would represent the achievement of their season's goal. But Sunday is a huge opportunity to go beyond what many expected they could do this campaign.

It would represent a first major trophy for Manchester United Women, and the biggest milestone yet in what has been a rollercoaster journey for one of the world's biggest clubs.